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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
July 21, 2014
Category: Diabetes
Tags: Diabetes   neuropathy   Charcot Foot  

Charcot Foot SymptomsSigns are everywhere and we see and follow them on a daily basis. A red light means to stop, the oil light in your care means a tune-up is due, squinting to see means a visit with the eye doctor is in order, and an off key indicates the piano needs to be tuned. Signs and symptoms in your feet mean something, too, and are worth checking out. This is especially important when you have diabetes and need to pay attention to signs of Charcot foot.

The reason we want you to pay close attention to your foot health when you have diabetes is that poor circulation and nerve damage (neuropathy) can make injuries and problems go unnoticed and turn serious quickly. Charcot foot often goes unrecognized, and then a patient has severe, sometimes debilitating complications. Know the signs and symptoms so you can maintain your foot health and avoid life-altering consequences.

The most prevalent sign you want to watch for is swelling of your foot. With Charcot foot, weakened bones due to poor circulation can fracture. Neuropathy can lead you to continue walking on broken bones without knowing it, further compounding the injury and causing more damage.  Swelling can happen without an obvious or known injury, but it is an indication that something is going on within the structure your foot. Redness is another symptom to look for in addition to the swelling, and they often occur simultaneously. Even with some nerve damage, you may also feel pain, and that is a sign that you need to have your foot examined at our office.

If you have diabetes and have any concerns at all about your foot health, or notice a new symptom happening, do not wait to seek treatment. Call Philip S. Pinsker, DPM in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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